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March 13 until May 31 2002 Portrait of Jan Huygen van Linschoten (1562 - 1611)

November 2001 saw the publication of the one hundredth volume issued by the Linschoten-Vereeniging. The exhibition "encompassing all quarters" presents the first hundred volumes, published between 1909 and 2001.

The Dutch have a rich history in travelling around the globe. Libraries and archives keep hundreds of reports of bygone land- and seavoyages. These were the main source of inspiration for a number of historians and former mariners who decided to publish these fascinating documents in 1908. They founded a society and named it after Jan Huygen van Linschoten, the man who published his journeyreports at the end of the sixteenth century. He thus enabled the Dutch to find a seapassage to Asia. Since its foundation the society has published hundreds of books. Sturdily bound in blue linen with gold-coloured jacketstamps their finish has not been changed since then. Their contents also maintained their high level. Each volume contains the original text of a rare journeyreport of historical significance, preceded by a thorough preface and enriched with illustrations, maps and notes. The exhibition shows which sources were used for publication and to which adaptations (children's book or mass market volume) the reports led.

Lunch Lectures
Three gratis Linschoten lunch lectures are accompanying the exhibition: on Wednesday, April 3, 10 and 17 2002, from 12.30 - 13.30 hours. Location: University library at Singel 425, Amsterdam.
On April the 3rd historian Lodewijk Wagenaar will take you on an imaginary journey to Asia. Lecturers and subjects for April 10th and 17 will be announced.

More information
Projects organised in 2002 as part of the celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the Amsterdam VOC (Dutch East Indies trading company):
Society 400 years of Amsterdam—VOC
400th Anniversary VOC.


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Last modified: 28 February 2002
Editor: Monique Kooijmans
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